Answers to common questions about implants

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Considering dental implants to replace one or more missing teeth but still need more information? Here are answers to some frequently asked questions.

Are implants expensive?

Contrary to popular belief, implants may be the most affordable treatment choice in the long run. Implants may often significantly outlast other restorations, whereas other options may require replacing a bridge or denture during the same time frame that an implant is still going strong. Financing is usually available to make it easier to work the cost of tooth replacement into your budget.

How do dental implants work?

Implants are made up of three parts. The implant, the abutment and the crown.

  • The implant is a titanium screw that is placed into your jawbone to replace the root of your natural tooth. Over time, your body will fuse the screw to the bone.
  • The abutment is a connecting piece that screws into the top of the implant and then leaves a small post sticking out above the gumline to fix the crown.
  • The crown is your new tooth. Once attached to the post of the abutment, you can chew, brush or bite just like you would with a natural tooth.

What are the advantages of implants?

  • Implants are very durable and with proper care, can last a lifetime.
  • Dental implant crowns are color matched to look exactly like your natural teeth.
  • Implants stimulate new bone tissue growth to prevent your jawbone from deteriorating.

How long does the procedure take?

The first step towards getting dental implants is to schedule an initial consultation where your oral surgeon will evaluate your jaw to see if there is enough bone mass to support an implant. While the surgery to place the implant may take less than half an hour, you will need to wait for the screw to fuse to the jawbone before installing your new tooth. Every patient is different, but this process generally takes two to six months. Once this osseointegration is complete, the abutment and final crown can be installed.

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